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All hail West Virginia's official state firearm

The state Senate unanimously passed a resolution making the Hall Model 1819 Flintlock Rifle the official state firearm.

Some contend that the two crossed rifles in the foreground on the state seal are these firearms, which were in use during the Civil War when West Virginia became a state.

But after consulting our resident Civil War re-enactor, I am convinced they are Kentucky long rifles, as the official description describes them as hunter's rifles.

The Hall is a military weapon, which had a small role in John Brown's raid in Harper's Ferry and the Civil War that followed the raid.

At any rate, the declaration of an official state firearm is a reminder that our state constitution reads, "A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use."

Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, please note.


One year ago, an outside consultant told West Virginia it overregulates its schools. So what can we expect in this year's "reform" package?

More regulations.

Instead of passing more laws, the Legislature should start eliminating laws.

When it comes to schools, I am reminded of the old Reader's Digest story about the new by-the-book principal who admonished the janitor for not keeping the supply room locked up during the day.

Why, any teacher could just walk in there and take anything.

The janitor looked the principal in the eye and said, "We trust them with our kids, don't we?"

West Virginia needs to start trusting our teachers.


"Residents of communities where coal is stripped from the tops of mountains in eastern Kentucky report more health problems than in other communities, according to new research out of West Virginia University," the Courier-Journal in Louisville reported this weekend.

So let me get this straight, the obesity, diabetes and heart disease in this state come not from our diet, sedentary lifestyle or genetic disposition, but rather to an activity in some location five to 10 miles away.


The study means my waistline is the product of mountaintop mining, and not my mouth, so I am heading for Krispy Kreme.

It's science!


They named the football field at Steubenville High School after Reno Saccoccia.

Now, the London Daily Mail reports that a grand jury may indict Saccoccia for his role in the attempt to cover up the fact that his quarterback and his star wide receiver raped a 16-year-old girl.

Shades of Joe Paterno.

Let's go back to waiting until they are dead before naming fields or building statues to men - and women.

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